Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Joy Sampler

Hi Crafty Friends!
Thanksgiving is just two days away and in a few hours all my college kids will be home and our nest will be full. And that is my favorite part of the holiday season (ok, to be honest, I have lots of favorite parts). My sampler classes have been a big hit. And I am very excited to share this one with my customers! Isn't it lovely?

There's not a lot of stamping this month, but I'm fine with that (we stamped a lot on last month's sampler).  And my stamps have been getting quite a workout with all the Christmas cards we've been making. This sampler shows off many of the wonderful embellishments in our Annual catalog as well as our Holiday Catalog. Check out my kit to go offer at the bottom of this post

Let's go over the measurements first.

Crumb Cake base, 9" x 9"
Real Red base, 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
2 - Whisper White, 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
2- Whisper White, 2 3/4" x 5"
2- Whisper White, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
2- Crumb Cake, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" 
2- Crumb Cake, 2 1/2" x 4 3/4"
2- Crumb Cake, 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"
1- Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper, 2 1/4" x 4 1/2"
1- Christmas Around the World DSP, 2 1/4" x 4 1/2"
1- Wood Textures DSP, 2" x 2"
*** disclaimer: the pieces don't go together evenly, and I am not really bothered by it at this moment, but if it bothers you, play a bit with the sizes. I wanted generous squares and rectangles to hold the elements.
Let's take a closer look!

I love, love, love the Stitched Shapes Embellishments, and you can't go wrong with a Linen Thread double bow. I attached the star with Dimensionals and the bow to the star with a Mini Glue Dot.

Here I used the Carols of Christmas stamp. I stamped it twice, once on Crumb Cake and once on Whisper White and then cut it out. I popped up the "on" element with a piece of our Foam Adhesive Strips. And the stamped piece is on top of a Foil Snowflake. The right corner is two of the Green Sprigs. I finally opened my can of Embossing Paste! I spread a little bit on the sprigs and then dipped them in some snow glitter left over from last year, but you could use glitter or just the Embossing Paste. I tied them together with some Linen Thread and added a little bow of the  Quilted Christmas 1/4" ribbon (6 inches) and I used lots of Mini Glue Dots to attach the Sprigs to the paper.

This might be my favorite part! I adore this lamppost from the Christmas Lampost Thinlits Dies. I die cut it from Basic Black and used So Saffron for the "light". It's glued down with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. The light part is popped up on a Dimensional. I attached the Boxwood Wreath with Mini Glue dots, same for the little bow made with the Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon. **note: I've moved my wreath down about an inch and it looks a bit better. The "snow" at the base is part of a punched circle with some snow glitter. The DSP is from the Christmas Around the World pack.

Our Merry Music Speciality DSP is the base of this lovely rectangle. Using the Large Letters Framelits, I cut out the word joy from Real Red Cardstock. The French horn is die cut in Gold Foil paper with one of the Musical Instruments Framelits Dies.

The tree square has lots of layers! 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, a piece of the Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" DSP punched out with the Everyday Label Punch, some more Linen Thread, a Gold Foil circle die cut from the Layering Circles Framelits, the little tree is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set in the Annual catalog, and it's topped with a Metallic Enamel Shapes star. Whew! It's a lot, but the delight's in the details, right? The last square starts with a piece of the Wood Textures DSP. Then add some Gold Thread, and some of the Hearts & Stars Elements.

And there you have it! A whole bunch of Christmas Joy. 
I am offering this sampler as a kit to go from now until December 15 (while supplies last). It's $25, including shipping with no frame and $40 with the frame (choice of white or black). The kit will include everything but the stamped images, and adhesives. Contact me to order! Here in the comments or by email, audramonk@yahoo.com.

Want to order supplies to make your own? audramonk.stampinup.net or contact me! I'm here to help with all your crafty needs.

Here's the project in the black frame.

Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

ICS Blog Hop - Merry Cafe

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so that means it's ICS blog hop time!
And it's all about Fall.

I'm sharing a project featuring the Merry Cafe stamp set.

I'm sure I've said it many times before, but I love this set and the Coffee Cafe bundle from the Annual catalog. This Merry Cafe stamp set is so cool as it has stamps for lots of seasons. Fall, Christmas/winter, and even Valentine's/love.

I used the Painted Autumn DSP and the colors from it, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, and Soft Sky. It's a pretty quick card, which can be used for lots of occasions or just as a note card.

This Merry Cafe card is part of my Just Cards classes coming up on November 15 and 17.

We'll be making two each of the three cards and due to the magic of stamps, the greetings can be changed up to meet your needs. Here's a closer look of the other two cards.

I love the Carols of Christmas bundle, and I was happy to give it a go in a non-Christmassy way.

The last card for class features the Hello Lovely DSP and the Sorry for Everything stamp set.

Thanks for checking out my blog today! I hope your filling a bit inspired by Fall. 
To see what Terri has to share, click HERE or the arrow below.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop, Pining for Plaid

Welcome to A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop!
I'm so glad you're here!

I love this month's kit, Pining for Plaid! Maybe mostly for the plaid card bases? 
Let's take a look at my card alternate first.

Isn't it fun? I was excited to pair the plaid card base from the kit with the plaid from our Merry Little Christmas DSP. And, the trees pre-printed on the card match the trees from the Carols of Christmas Bundle. I mean hello? The card practically made itself! I added a little Gold Thread behind the greeting and glued the sequins to the pre-printed snowflakes. And voila!

Next up, it's so simple BUT I absolutely love it. Check out this super sweet banner.

I cut one of the card bases into 2 inch strips and then used the Triple Banner Punch to notch one end. The circles are from the ornament pieces from the kit. And the Large Letters Framelits show up and do their amazingly wonderful thing in Cherry Cobbler.

I like the banner so much it's up and hanging on my desk.

And here are the two super sweet projects together.

I hope you have a great time with your kit this month wether you make it up as is or try one of the fun alternative projects from this blog hop. 
Click HERE or the arrow below to see what Dena has to share.

Want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin? Go to paperpumpkin.com to get started. Don't have a demo? I'd be honored if you chose me.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grateful Sampler Framed Art

It's time for my monthly sampler framed art class! I crutched over to the Crafty Corner yesterday with lots of ideas swirling around in my head. And I'm pretty happy with the result. I wanted a project for display in November, that was soft and beautiful. I really felt like honoring our beautiful earth and was wanting my gratefulness for all things to gently shine.

I've had the idea of using the Large Letter Framelits to spell grateful as the feature of of the piece for awhile. But I was a little worried about how to make it work due to the size of the word. So, like normal for this type of project I get out my notebook to plan it out. 

I'm recovering from a knee surgery, so I knew I wasn't going to spend a lot of time in the studio and fortunately things worked out. I'll give measurements first and then products used with close up pictures of each square.

The frame is a 9" x 9" Ribba shadowbox frame from Ikea.
The base is the Kraft paper from the Merry Little Christmas 12" x 12" Cardstock Pack, cut to 9" x 9".

The pieces are all using Very Vanilla, and all the edges are sponged with Crumb Cake Ink. 
There are 2 squares, 2" x 2" and backed by a piece cut 2" x 2 1/4".
The center top piece is 2" x 3 3/4" backed by 2 1/4" x 3 3/4".
The center piece is 2 1/4" x 8".
The leaf piece is 2"x 4 1/2" backed by 2 1/4" x 4 1/2".
The gourd piece is 2" x 3 1/4" backed by 2 1/4" x 3 1/4".

This adorable leaf (seen many times before in my projects) is Cajun Craze card stock die-cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. Did you notice the lovely stamping in the background? It's the viney stamp from the Falling Flowers stamp set, stamped in Crumb Cake ink.

The top center panel is Lovely as a Tree, stamped in Versa Mark and embossed in Copper, and sponged using sponge daubers with Garden Green, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin Pie.
The flower is Copper Foil paper die-cut with a die from the May Flowers Framelits.

The center panel is stamped with the sunflowers from the Painted Harvest stamp set. I used Soft Saffron and stamped off Crushed Curry for the petals and stamped off Soft Suede for the centers. The letters are from the Letters for You stamp set and they are stamped in Cajun Craze and die-cut with the Large Letters Framelits.

I stamped the Vintage Leaves in Versa Mark and embossed in Copper. I sponged them in Cajun Craze, Garden Green and Crushed Curry, then die-cut them with the Leaflets Framelits. I used the Jute Twine from the Holiday catalog for the knot and a few unraveled bits between the leaves.

Last up are the gourds from Gourd Goodness. They are stamped in Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Garden Green and fussy cut with our super awesome Paper Snips. And that's a little piece of a Delicate White Doily peeking out at the bottom.

And here is the project once more, in it's frame.

Thanks so much for checking out this post. I wish you many fun sampler projects! If you have questions, let me know and I'll help you out the best I can.
Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Sunshine Wishes

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's ICS Blog Hop Time!

This month, we are sharing cards for courage. Cards to lift a friend or family member's spirits in the face of a scary diagnosis of cancer. These are cards to encourage our loved ones to stay strong and believe in themselves, and to let them know that we care. 

I've made two cards, very similar using the Sunshine Wishes bundle, as well as the Painted Harvest stamp set.
My first card features the color teal in support of ovarian cancer. A former member of my Stampin' Up team is recovering from this cancer. I have been inspired to see her stay strong and to see the support of her family and friends. I was so happy to see her come to a class again a few months ago. She is the inspiration for my card and I am going to send it out in the mail to her tomorrow.

I used Bermuda Bay (my closest guess for teal) and Daffodil Delight.

As October is Breast Cancer awareness month, I reworked the card to feature the color pink. I used Powder Pink as my main color, complemented by Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

And here the cards are together, similar yet different. 

I hope that you have been inspired and are encouraged to make and send a card to someone who for any reason could use a little cheering up.

For more crafty inspiration, click HERE or the arrow below to see what Sara has to share.

Need more info, want to order product? Just let me know, I am here to help.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop, Layered Leaves

It's A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop Time!
Hi crafty friends! Today I am hopping with a bunch of wonderfully creative demonstrators and we're sharing alternative ideas for September's Paper Pumpkin kit, Layered Leaves.
This kit is filled with lots of lovely leaves, already die cut and ready to go.

My first project is a full size card. I've used one of the included 3" x 3" colored envelopes to mount the small card front to. And then just added the other elements of the kit in. I love when I can make an alternative idea that doesn't use very many extra things. In fact, besides adhesive, (I used fast fuse) the only extra thing you need is a piece of Soft Suede card stock cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and folded in half for your card base. Cool deal!

For my second project, I made a mini photo book and packaged it up in one of our Mini Pizza Boxes.

Isn't it the cutest? I think this would be super fun to fill with some small pictures of family and give as a gift at Thanksgiving or anytime. 
It could also be used for journaling on some of the pages about things you are thankful for.

I used the 3" x 3" envelopes to make the book.

I stacked 4 envelopes all in the same direction and attached all the flaps with some fast fuse.

Then carefully slid them all into another envelope and pressed them down, this was the tricky part.

 Then I put lots of fast fuse on the back flap and pressed it down.

I cut the small note cards apart. I used the embossed fronts for the front of the book and to decorate the box top. And the backs of the cards for the inside of the book. When you adhere the card stock to the envelope pages, on the open envelope sides, only put adhesive around the three sides and you can still use the envelopes to tuck more pics or ticket stubs into.

Add some of the leaves to the top of the box and you have a gift ready for giving.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you need more info on anything here, ask, I am very happy to help. If you'd like to purchase any of our totally awesome Stampin' Up products or need more info on the Paper Pumpkin kits, again, just ask!

For more inspiration, click  HERE or the next button below to see what Kelly has to share.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

A Halloween Sampler, Some Spooky Fun

Hi Crafty Friends!
Welcome to this month's framed art sampler. It's all about the spooky fun!

I am so excited about this one! I think it is so cute. And I know everyone is going to have a great time making one in class next week.

So, let's get to the details!

Pumpkin Pie background: 9" x  9"
Very Vanilla base: 8" x  8"
Squares, Basic Black: 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and Very Vanilla: 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" and Spooky Night DSP: 2"x2"
Rectangles, Basic Black: 2 1/4" x 4 3/4" Very Vanilla: 2 1/8" x 4 5/8" and 2 pieces at 1" x 4 5/8"

Now let's check out the different stamp sets and elements used.

The owl is from Spooky Cat, and the branch is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. The moon is the 3/4" circle punch. The letters are our indispensable Large Letters Framelits.

The adorable which hat is from Spooky Cat and the sentiment is from Merry Cafe. And there is a tiny bit of the Vintage Crochet Trim.

This center panel features the Creep It Real set and then these super cute and realistic pumpkins are from Gourd Goodness, no dies, so you'll need to cut them out. The cat is punched from the Spooky Night DSP.

I adore the cute little spooky faces. Seriously, I love them! They're in the Creep it Real set. I colored them with our Stampin' Write Markers, Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Perfect Plum. And don't you love the two fussy cut and popped up faces? Ah! I can't stand the cuteness!
The bottom strip is all from the Spooky Cat set.

The final panel uses the Labels to Love set and the Everyday Label Punch.

Let's take another look at the whole thing again.

Ah! I just love it! 
If you need any help with ordering products or more information on anything, please let me know. I am so happy to help you with your creative needs.

Stay Crafty!